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    Question Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Hi!

    I would like to do TEFL / TESOL training in the future.
    At the moment I don't speak English well enough, I still have a lot to learn and then I want to do TEFL / TESOL training.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a BA degree - so I thought I’d do the best TEFL / TESOL training I could to increase my chances of getting a job.

    I checked very, very many places, read a lot of reviews and evaluations. Based on these, I found the following courses worthwhile (I would do it online!):

    https://www.theteflacademy.com/ - 168-hour five-level certificate

    https://www.tefl.org/ - 168-hour five-level certificate

    The above two are the best. Very good feedbacks.
    Almost nothing negative, nowhere!

    https://tefl.ie/ - 300-hour five-level certificate
    There are also very good reviews on this. I would most like to choose this, but the customer service was very kind to me, but when I said that I would just sign up next year, I didn't get an answer after that !!! I wrote them an e-mail, they didn't get an answer there either. I'm not sure I'll pick them up after that. After that, I don't trust them.

    What would work best for me:

    https://www.i-to-i.com/ - 300-hour five-level TEFL Diploma - does that mean a higher level than the certificate?
    However, there are also very bad opinions about i-to-i - so I dare not apply here!


    The price doesn't matter anyway. I will only want to do the best and highest possible training in the future. I definitely care about level five.
    https://bridge.edu/ would also be great, but unfortunately I’m not eligible (I don’t have a high school diploma).

    Which one do you recommend, which one should I choose in the future?

    I also like the 300-hour degree offered by https://www.go-tefl.com/, but it doesn’t accredit Ofqual unfortunately. And I think it's important.

    I am looking for training that is of the highest possible standard, the price doesn’t matter, preferably a minimum of 168 hours, and be fair to the person.

    I wanted to choose the 550-hour course at ITTT for the first time, but in principle there is a fake accreditation behind it.

    My important question: The level 5 certificate (accredited Ofqual) is there a quality difference between a and a TEFL Diploma? (non-accredited Ofgual)?
    What do I mean?
    Let's look at an example:
    The TEFL Academy is a 168-hour Level 5 certificate accredited by Ofqual.
    VS.
    Go-TEFL is a 300-hour Master’s Diploma that is not defined as Level 5 and is accredited by “ITEFLAC” only.
    So despite the title of “Master Diploma”, I think the training provided by the Level 5 TEFL Academy could mean a higher level because of Ofqual’s accreditation?


    I don't know if you can help me here, give me advice.
    I apologize for the mistakes, unfortunately I don't speak English well enough.
    My English level is B1, I would only start my TEFL course next year after I reached level C1.

    I have another question. I will also have to take a language exam.

    Which type do you suggest?

    -Cambridge
    -TOEFL
    -IELTS
    -TOEIC

    I am interested in the Cambrdige language exam or the TOEIC.
    I was told that in many countries a TOEIC language exam is required to work for ESL. Is this true?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Let's slow down a bit. First of all—what is it you want to do with your qualification? Do you want to teach children or adults? Where?

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Let's slow down a bit. First of all—what is it you want to do with your qualification? Do you want to teach children or adults? Where?
    Hello jutfrank, thank you for your question.
    Yes, I want to teach, I prefer children.
    No matter where - where I get a job without a degree.
    Most in Africa. Possibly in some Asian countries, such as Cambodia.
    Last edited by Martinx2; 27-Sep-2020 at 16:33.

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Martinx2 View Post
    Hello jutfrank. Thank you for your question.

    Yes, I want would prefer to teach , I prefer children.

    No It doesn't matter where - anywhere I can get a job without a degree.

    I would most like to work in Africa . Possibly in but I would consider some Asian countries, such as Cambodia.
    Please note my corrections above. (I have added line breaks just so that it's easier to read with the corrections.)

    I have a couple more questions:

    - What do you consider your current level of English to be?
    - Do you think, at your current level, you would be accepted onto any of the courses you listed?

    Edit: Sorry, I just reread the opening of your post and realised that you said that you want to improve your own English and then embark on some TEFL/TESOL training. That brings up another question - before you consider that training, how do you plan to bring your own English up to the required level? I think that's a more important question for you right now. It's possible that by the time your English is of the required standard, some of those courses might not even be available.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please note my corrections above. (I have added line breaks just so that it's easier to read with the corrections.)

    I have a couple more questions:

    - What do you consider your current level of English to be?
    - Do you think, at your current level, you would be accepted onto any of the courses you listed?

    Edit: Sorry, I just reread the opening of your post and realised that you said that you want to improve your own English and then embark on some TEFL/TESOL training. That brings up another question - before you consider that training, how do you plan to bring your own English up to the required level? I think that's a more important question for you right now. It's possible that by the time your English is of the required standard, some of those courses might not even be available.
    Thanks for the correction.

    I learn English very intensively, 2-3 hours a day on weekdays and 4-5 hours on weekends.
    Private tutor 3 hours a week.

    By next spring I would definitely like to reach a strong B2 level ---> then I can start one of the TEFL / TESOL trainings.
    TEFL training lasts for half a year and by the time I finish, I plan to reach C1 level.
    My current level is weak / uncertain B1.

    I only start TEFL if I am 100% sure of my knowledge / skills.

    They will probably have the same courses next year - only prices change.

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Martinx2 View Post
    Thanks for the corrections.

    I learn English very intensively; I study for 2-3 hours a day on weekdays and 4-5 hours on weekends.
    I have a private tutor for 3 hours a week.

    By next spring, I would definitely like to reach a strong B2 level, then I can start one of the TEFL / TESOL trainings courses.
    TEFL training lasts for half a year and by the time I finish, I plan to reach C1 level.
    My current level is weak/uncertain B1.

    I will only start apply for a TEFL course if I am 100% sure of my knowledge/skills.

    They will probably have the same courses next year - only the prices will change.
    Note my corrections above.

    OK - for now, concentrate on your own English. You can ask us again next spring what we think of the courses available (if we have an opinion, of course!) In the meantime, we look forward to helping you with your specific questions about the English language on the various sections of this forum. Take some time to look at the sections to see how the forum works.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above.

    OK - for now, concentrate on your own English. You can ask us again next spring what we think of the courses available (if we have an opinion, of course!) In the meantime, we look forward to helping you with your specific questions about the English language on the various sections of this forum. Take some time to look at the sections to see how the forum works.
    Okay, thank you!
    Maybe I could get an answer to my underlined question? ("My important question" paragraph)

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    I'll let someone else answer that. I'm not up-to-date with current training courses. To help anyone else to do so, I have copied your "important question" below, so they don't have to read the whole of post #1!

    This is the question Martinx2 would like an answer to:

    My important question: The level 5 certificate (accredited Ofqual) is there a quality difference between a and a TEFL Diploma? (non-accredited Ofgual)?
    What do I mean?
    Let's look at an example:
    The TEFL Academy is a 168-hour Level 5 certificate accredited by Ofqual.
    VS.
    Go-TEFL is a 300-hour Master’s Diploma that is not defined as Level 5 and is accredited by “ITEFLAC” only.
    So despite the title of “Master Diploma”, I think the training provided by the Level 5 TEFL Academy could mean a higher level because of Ofqual’s accreditation?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    I am sure that at least some of the courses you are looking at do a good job of training. However, if you hope to get a job with a reputable school in the British English part of the world, then you really need a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL course. This is particularly true if you are not a native speaker of English.
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    Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Martinx2 View Post
    Maybe I could get an answer to my underlined question? ("My important question" paragraph)
    Forget about the diploma. That's just for experienced teachers. You can't do that until you've been teaching for a few years. You have to do the initial training course first.

    As for the initial training, I'd usually recommend a CELTA (as mentioned above) but this is not designed for teaching young learners, which you may find to be a problem, given that you say you'd like to teach kids.

    I think as long as the institute you choose is suitably accredited, any of the Level 5 courses you list in post #1 would be suitable for your needs. You might want to pay attention to any job placement assistance the course offers, too.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 28-Sep-2020 at 00:59.

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